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Samsung Software Academy for Youth (SSAFY) is a leading corporate citizenship program of Samsung Electronics that aims to strengthen the software capabilities and job competitiveness of young Koreans through quality software education and career mentoring.

Youngeun and Hyeona are trainees from the fifth class of SSAFY who have recently participated in an open source contest held at Samsung Software Developer Conference (SSDC). How did they get involved in the contest and what did they create? Find out below.

Bittersweet and challenging, but definitely worth it!

Hi. I am Youngeun, and I joined SSAFY as a member of the fifth class.

As many are aware, companies today prioritize developers with a background in open source. Thinking that it would be a good experience, I took a few shots in developing open source software alone but have not been successful. Thankfully, SSAFY offered courses that would help me learn more about open source. I was one of the students among the SSAFY class that was selected and had the opportunity to participate in an open source contest at SSDC.

Thanks to the extensive knowledge of the team members, my team and I were able to successfully complete the open source development. What is interesting, though, is that beyond the technical learnings, I recognized the importance of teamwork. Respect, communication, and a mature culture among developers is crucial for a smooth and effective flow of work. In particular, I realized that transparent communication between senior and junior developers helps streamline the work process.

Overall, the project was a challenge but a great opportunity to learn not only open source but the characteristics that one should possess as a high-performing developer.

Anyone can be a developer

Hello. I am Hyeona, also a trainee at SSAFY.

My team and I developed open source software where gestures or body movements help operate smart devices. The software, for example, would allow the user to turn on the air conditioner with a simple hand gesture without the need to press on the screen. They would also be able to turn off the bedroom lights with simple movements like lying down.

In the beginning, there were many difficulties but with the help and guidance of employee mentors, I was able to quickly learn what I needed in order to get the results I was looking for. Above all, it was more than thrilling to be able to understand both conceptualization and execution of open source and distributing it. I hope I can share this feeling with many others who wish to become developers. Go open source; it might be difficult at first but once you get it right, the reward will be invaluable.

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